As important as it is, plant placement is often overlooked by new plant owners. Plant placement doesn’t have to be perfect, but your plants will definitely suffer if they are in a really bad spot. On top of this, even your environment might become worse, one way or another, because of bad plant placement. As such, here are some of the mistakes you can make when it comes to this issue:
Low sunlight (or too much sunlight) conditions
This is highly dependent on the plant species that one owns, but as a general rule, it’s good to research the plant you want to buy before getting it. If you buy your plant from a small specialized flower shop, you might want to chat a bit with the shopkeeper. More often than not, they will be happy to answer your questions about your new plant.
As such, you definitely should ask questions about plant placement in this situation. There are plants that primarily prefer shady spots and suffer quite a lot under direct sunlight. There are others that prefer exactly the opposite – direct sunlight. Most plants will be somewhere in between, but it’s always good to make sure.
Low sunlight is quite obvious on most plants, as the leaves turn droopy and yellow because of the lack of sunlight. The plant can’t photosynthesize without sunlight, so plant placement in this situation is rather important. When a plant is hit directly by sunlight over the course of multiple hours, you will notice brown spots on leaves that are, essentially, burn spots.
Plants in non-ventilated rooms or enclosed balconies
Mould is absolutely everywhere and there’s no way to escape it. Mould spores can be found on pretty much any surface, but to actually grow the spores require some humidity in the air. The spores also prefer shady places (direct sunlight kills mould), with little to no air disturbance.
The problem with plants in non-ventilated rooms or in enclosed balconies is that they will make a mould problem worse. If the balcony is not well isolated on the outside, you will notice water leakage every time it rains. Unfortunately, while one or two plants might not contribute to the issue too much, having multiple plants definitely will.
The soil for plants obviously needs to be watered, so the air humidity will go up. There’s also mould on the soil itself, which may or may not contribute to the mould issue. As such, combined with other possible issues, different types of mould might appear on different surfaces. Plant placement is important here as well, but the plants themselves aren’t necessarily affected.
Plant placement where air drafts form
Air drafts aren’t usually a problem for most plants indoors, but unfortunately, there are some rather sensitive plants that definitely react to air drafts. Plant placement in this situation is also important because plants that are sensitive to air drafts tend to die quite quickly because of it. Such plants include Azaleas – unfortunately, I know from experience just how easy it is to kill one because of poor plant placement.
Avoid opening two or more windows placed at opposite sides of the apartment or house at the same time. This will obviously create an air draft and if a sensitive plant is hit by that, it might be dead within a day. There’s nothing much you can do to save one, unfortunately. Moving it from the spot that it dislikes is an option, but it’s not guaranteed that it will work. Generally, steer away from places right next to doors or windows – this sort of plant placement is usually alright.